Can you tell when a woman wrote a book?

February 20th, 2008

I can and I’m not sure why.

Is it the choice of topics?

Diction?

Pacing?

Focus on characters?

I’m not sure, best viagra health but when it comes to a piece of fiction I can usually identify the sex of the author after reading the first page.

One of the places this does not hold true is J.K. Rowling. Again. I’m not sure why.

So, can anyone else do this? And is even talking about it sexist?

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8 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Chris  |  February 20th, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Because JK does not spend the whole book saying

    “Men Suck”

    lol :)

  • 2. Jib  |  February 20th, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Yep. The name on the front of the book is usually a dead giveaway for me. ;-)

  • 3. elliot  |  February 20th, 2008 at 7:29 pm

    Oh, I am soooo gonna hurt you, Jib.

  • 4. Fuzz Martin  |  February 20th, 2008 at 7:47 pm

    Yep. The name on the front of the book is usually a dead giveaway for me. ;-)

    Unless her name’s Pat, Tracy, Chris, Sam, etc. :D

  • 5. BobG  |  February 21st, 2008 at 5:25 pm

    There have been many times I could tell a woman had written a book, even when using a pseudonym. A lot of it has to do with the fact that when a person is writing about the mental processes of a person of the opposite sex, there are always going to be some giveaways, since men and women think differently, and their perception of how members of the opposite sex think is not always accurate.

  • 6. Aaron  |  February 21st, 2008 at 8:47 pm

    I’ve always suspected that this blog is authored by a woman.

  • 7. elliot  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 6:47 am

    As usual, Aaron understood exactly what I was trying to say. ;)

  • 8. capper  |  February 22nd, 2008 at 4:44 pm

    Uh? That’s news?

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